The Collins Class Submarine Story: Steel, Spies and Spin

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 25, 2012 - History - 402 pages
A unique and outstanding military and industrial achievement, the Collins class submarine project was also plagued with difficulties and mired in politics. Its story is one of heroes and villains, grand passions, intrigue, lies, spies and backstabbing. It is as well a story of enormous commitment and resolve to achieve what many thought impossible. The building of these submarines was Australia's largest, most expensive and most controversial military project. From initiation in the 1981-2 budget to the delivery of the last submarine in 2003, the total cost was in excess of six billion dollars. Over 130 key players were interviewed for this book, and the Australian Defence Department allowed access to its classified archives and the Australian Navy archives. Vividly illustrated with photographs from the collections of the Royal Australian Navy and ASC Pty Ltd, The Collins Class Submarine Story: Steel, Spies and Spin, first published in 2008, is a riveting and accessibly written chronicle of a grand-scale quest for excellence.

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An excellent history, well told, of one of Australia's largest and most complex engineering projects - the design and building of the Collins Class Submarines. Yule and Woolner have comprehensively ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Peter Yule is Research Fellow of the History Department of the University of Melbourne.

Derek Woolner is Visiting Fellow of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University.

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